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Human Tragedy in Europe during World War II, 6 May 2015

This special seminar will reflect on the disaster of World War II and is organised jointly with the Embassies of Latvia and Poland. Speakers will include the Latvian Minister for Justice, Mr Dzintars Rasnačs.  The seminar will commence at 10:00 am at the European Parliament Information Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Registration from 9:30 am.  For further information please contact the Embassy of Latvia at Tel (01) 4780161 or email

At the beginning of May many countries will commemorate the end of the WWII in Europe. Several events will be held also in Dublin. The Embassies of Latvia and Poland are contributing to this process through organizing a seminar that focuses on the human tragedy during the war. The objective of the seminar is creating an avenue for politicians, government officials, academics and diplomats to reflect on the past, and enhance the dialogue on the past and present of Europe.


  • Opening speeches
  • Maria Falina, University College Dublin
  • Agnieszka Bryc, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
  • Valters Šcerbinskis, Latvian Occupation Museum, Latvia
  • Arkady Rzegocki, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland
  • Iļja Ļenskis, Jewish Museum of Latvia
  • Prof. Jurgen Barkhoff, TCD Long Room

Topics to be covered include 

  • Civilian suffering in WW2
  • Repression of the population by Soviet and Nazi forces;
  • Commemoration of the Holocaust during Soviet and post-Soviet period;
  • Central and Eastern European experience and the common European narrative

The seminar will be followed by the opening of an exhibition “The Latvian Tragedy 1941”, jointly prepared by the Museum of Occupation and the Jewish Museum of Latvia, at the EC Representation premises, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin.